10 Hong Kong Exhibitions To See In April 2020—Online Or In Person
Art Power HK
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. After a series of major art events were cancelled in Hong Kong in March—including Art Basel in Hong Kong, arguably Asia’s most important art fair—more than 80 galleries, museums, auction houses, not-for-profit organisations, educational institutions and cultural media outlets joined hands to launch Art Power HK, a campaign and free online platform promoting everything that is happening on Hong Kong’s art scene right now. The website features video interviews with artists, video tours of exhibitions in Hong Kong, a series of live panel discussions and much more.
Find out more at artpowerhk.com
Hauser & Wirth: Distanced Figures
Hauser & Wirth’s gallery in H Queen’s and its other spaces around the world are temporarily closed, but the gallery has launched a series of online exhibitions and films on its website so that everyone can access art from home.
The second of its online exhibitions is George Condo: Drawings for Distanced Figures, which features works made in the last three weeks in the American artist’s home studio in New York state, where he is isolating himself during the pandemic. Although the works explore feelings including fear, paranoia and claustrophobia, Condo admits that working in isolation does have its benefits. ‘I love to draw and in the usual context of privacy, one doesn’t think of the term isolation or forced separation, rather it’s a space to create without being watched.’
Hauser & Wirth has also launched the philanthropic initiative #artforbetter, through which it will donate 10 per cent of its profits from online exhibitions to the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO.
Find out more at vip-hauserwirth.com/george-condo-drawings-for-distanced-figures
Gagosian: Artist Spotlight
The temporary closure of its galleries around the world has disrupted many scheduled exhibitions, but Gagosian is making sure its artists' work isn't going unseen.
Gagosian's online Artist Spotlight initiative highlights works by artists that were due to be exhibited in its galleries around the world before the Covid-19 pandemic forced them to shuts their doors. Many of these artists have been working for months—and in some cases years—on these bodies of work.
American installation artist Sarah Sze, known for creating multimedia landscapes from found objects, British painter Jenny Saville and postmodernist photographer Roe Ethridge are just three of the many artists who will be featured.
Every Wednesday Gagosian will introduce one artist before presenting one work by that artist on Friday, which will be exhibited on Gagosian's website with pricing information for 48 hours. Video interviews and essays will also be uploaded to give insight into each artist's practice.
From April 8. Find out more at gagosian.com
Simon Lee Gallery: Puzzled Daydreams
Simon Lee Gallery’s new online viewing room debuts with Hong Kong-based artist Chris Huen Sin-kan’s solo exhibition Puzzled Daydreams. Huen combines abstraction and traditional Chinese ink painting to capture moody, dream-like moments in his leafy studio in Yuen Long, where he paints his wife Haze, two children, and dogs Balltsz, MuiMui and Doodood.
Until May 2. Find out more at simonleegallery.com
See also: Artist Chris Huen Sin-kan Reveals Hong Kong's Quiet Side
Blindspot Gallery: Anonymous Society of Magick
Blindspot Gallery in Wong Chuk Hang is reopening this month with a new group exhibition.
Ying Kwok—who curated Samson Young’s acclaimed exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2017 and the Contagious Cities show at Tai Kwun in 2018, among many others—is behind the show. Featured are works by Chen Wei, Hao Jingban, Lam Tung-pang, Wang Tuo and Trevor Yeung—five artists from Hong Kong and Mainland China who have all used either photography or video in their work.
April 14 to May 30. 15/F Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang. Find out more at blindspotgallery.com
De Sarthe Gallery: Shifting Landscapes
Works by the late Chinese-French abstract painter Chu Teh-Chun and rising star of Hong Kong's art scene Andrew Luk can be seen in person this month at De Sarthe Gallery.
Originally intended to be shown at Art Basel in Hong Kong, Luk's work is a large-scale installation titled Haunted, Salvaged, which takes the form of a series of large-scale mobiles that hang above sculptures positioned on the floor.
Although Luk works in very different media to Chu, they both explore the relationships between humans and nature in their work.
April 11 to May 2. 20/F, Global Trade Square, No. 21 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, 2167 8896. Find out more at desarthe.com
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Lehmann Maupin: Power Wall
Available to view on Lehmann Maupin's website or at the gallery's space in Pedder Building, this exhibition is the first joint show of work by Jamaica-born, New York-based artist Nari Ward and South Africa-born, Berlin-based artist Robin Rhode, who both explore politics, history and identity in their work.
Ward is best known for his sculptural installations made from found objects such as baby strollers, television sets, bottles and shopping carts that tackle big social and political questions about race, poverty and consumerism, while Rhode works in photography, video and sculpture.
Until May 16. 407, 4/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, 2530 0025. Find out more at lehmannmaupin.com
David Zwirner: Platform: New York
David Zwirner has launched a series of online viewing rooms while its galleries in Hong Kong, London, New York and Paris remain closed.
Platform: New York is perhaps the most interesting of these. The online exhibition brings together 12 small to mid-size New York galleries, all of whom have been invited to showcase works by a single artist on David Zwirner's website while their physical spaces remain temporarily closed. All sales enquiries are directed to the relevant gallery, and Zwirner is not charging a commission on sales or a fee for use of his online viewing rooms.
The 12 galleries taking part are 47 Canal, Bridget Donahue, Bureau, Company, David Lewis, Elijah What Showroom, ESSEX STREET, James Fuentes, JTT, Magenta Plains, Queer Thoughts and Ramiken.
Until May 1. Find out more at davidzwirner.com
Blue Lotus Gallery: Inherit the Dust
The destruction of Kenya’s natural environment is shown in devastating detail in English photographer Nick Brandt’s series Inherit the Dust, which can be seen in person at Blue Lotus Gallery in Sheung Wan. Brandt travelled around the country photographing portraits of animals, which he then turned into life-size prints that are glued onto large panels and strategically placed around towns and cities – spaces where wildlife used to roam. The final images show these panels in situ, surrounded by pollution.
March 15 to April 22. G/F, 28 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan. Find out more at bluelotus-gallery.com
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Denny Dimin Gallery: Hong Kong: Tales of the City
New York-based gallery Denny Dimin is hosting an online exhibition dedicated to video art from Hong Kong this month.
Hong Kong: Tales of the City is curated by Hong Kong-based non-profit organisation Videotage, which has promoted new media art in Hong Kong and China since it was founded in 1986. Works by nine artists are featured in the show, including Ellen Pau, Chloe Cheuk, Chilai Howard, and Linda Lai Chiu-han.
The show explores themes of localism, nationalism and globalisation—ideas that have even greater resonance in the middle of the current pandemic.
Until May 2. Find out more at dennydimingallery.com
See also: 5 Things To Know About Hong Kong Artist Ellen Pau